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Publisher's Summary

If the Roaring Twenties are remembered as the era of "flaming youth", it was F. Scott Fitzgerald who lit the fire. His semiautobiographical first novel, This Side of Paradise, became an instant best seller and established an image of seemingly carefree, party-mad young men and women out to create a new morality for a new, post-war America. It traces the early life of Amory Blaine from the end of prep school through Princeton to the start of an uncertain career in New York City.

Alternately self-confident and self-effacing, torn between ambition and idleness, the self-absorbed, immature Amory yearns to run with Princeton's rich, fast crowd and become one of the "gods" of the campus. Hopelessly romantic, he learns about love and sex from a series of beautiful young "flappers", women who leave him both exhilarated and devastated.

Fitzgerald describes it all in intensely lyrical prose that fills the novel with a heartbreaking sense of longing, as Amory comes to understand that the sweet-scented springtime of his life is fragile and fleeting, disappearing into memory even as he reaches for it.

Public Domain (P)2010 Tantor
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  • Categories: Romance

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still relevant

amazing how contemporary the ideas and political philosophy are today with the socialist-democratic party we have now.

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Beautiful story

This book involves some deal of philosophy struggles and thinking, yet is very entertaining to read(or listen). If you like to dig deep into yourself, you might enjoy the life of Amory and his self analyzes.

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To Understand Princeton

I am a current Princeton PhD student, and I listened to this book while walking about campus. It's a pleasure to see this place through the eyes of someone who was here a century ago---to understand viscerally the war plaques scattered about campus, to see how the struggle to attain influence has both relented and remained, to see the enduring power of institutions like the Prince and the eating clubs, to know that grad students were filled with wild political and religious ideas then as they are now, and to feel a connection to the youthful experiences of generations of alumni and many a late night well-lived. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to understand Princeton.

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Fitzgerald fan

I love all Fitzgerald’s novels. Ranking them, Tender is the night ranks first because it is powerful with great psychological depth. The beautiful and the damned is second because the story is interesting. This side of paradise is third because some scenes are great and others boring. The great gatsby is his worst in my opinion because the characters aren’t that complex and the protagonist is way too passive.

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Narration Was Dry Like Reading a Dictionary

I would prefer reading the book itself than listening to this version of the audiobook. The narration was haste, dry, detached, and emotionless. It takes away what enjoyment a reader could have derived from the literature itself.

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a long boring book but well read

I struggled to finish this one. it was more of a gloomy monologue of a man's life and how selfish he is. it ended as mundane as it began. the reader however did an excellent job considering the material he had to work with

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at least 15 words needed at least 15 words are needed here. Fauci is in control

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A consummate experience for the seasoned American

The narrator heightened the brilliance of this first novel of Fitzgerald. Written in the early 1920s, the American experience of Fitzgerald upper middle-class realizes in prose his young creative years. It is no wonder his genius overwhelmed his passionate emotional mind. Fitzgerald died at 44 in a small apartment in Hollywood, sober but spent.

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A very great book

A great book that I find is paramount in the imposition of western though upon our nation. I recommend this book.

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One of the better classics I've listened to

I, personally, enjoyed this book. I found it very interesting and informative as it is semi-autobiographical of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The good, the bad, and the ugly of that era as it related to the author make it very interesting. I'm finding myself a fan of Fitzgerald's writing.